Winter King Hawthorn Tree
Winter King Hawthorn Leaf
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Winter King Hawthorn Tree
Winter King Hawthorn Leaf
Winter King Hawthorn Additional Product Shot 119
Winter King Hawthorn Additional Product Shot 578
Winter King Hawthorn Additional Product Shot 496
Winter King Hawthorn Additional Product Shot 797
Winter King Hawthorn Additional Product Shot 495
Winter King Hawthorn Additional Product Shot 1184
Winter King Hawthorn Additional Product Shot 1185
Winter King Hawthorn Additional Product Shot 1186

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-7
  • Spacing: 25-30'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Winter King Hawthorn
Crataegus viridis 'Winter King'
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The name says it all—Winter King Hawthorn truly will be the King of your winter garden.  Depending on the availability of other bird food, the orange-red berries of this mid-sized native tree may hang on clear through January.  Then, pull up a chair by the window and watch the chickadees, blue jays, cardinals, and cedar waxwings dig in.  Winter King Hawthorn (a.k.a. “Hawthorne”) is no slouch in other seasons, either.  In spring, clusters of white blossoms settle on the branches like freshly fallen snow, emphasizing the distinctive horizontal branching habit of this tree which provides a nice contrast to more upright trees in your landscape all year long.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-7
  • Spacing: 25-30'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›
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The Story

This species hails from the Midwest and Southeast, where its hard, weather-resistant wood made it a good candidate for fence posts in days gone by. Many birds appreciate this tree, though they let us enjoy the orange-red berries all winter before they dig in.  Maybe they need the frosts to soften them up.  Some butterflies and moths raise their young on the foliage, and bees frequent the blossoms in spring.  This selection, valued for its abundance of larger-than-normal fruits, was discovered by nurseryman Bob Simpson of Vincennes, Indiana in 1955.

The Details

Winter King Hawthorn is a tough, drought-resistant, cold-hardy tree.  Its only persistent problem is its tendency to lose leaves in late summer due to a common leaf disease.  This actually isn’t a bad thing, though, because by then the fruits are beginning to ripen, and the leaves just get in the way of the show!

How to Grow

Winter King Hawthorn doesn’t need to be pampered and will make do with any planting site as long as it’s in full sun and has well-drained soil.  This country hedgerow tree even does well in the heart of the city.  Do protect the trunk from damage, as the pretty, silvery bark is thin, and string trimmers can wreak havoc.  Winter King Hawthorn rarely needs pruning, which is a good thing—there’s a reason it’s called a Haw-THORN!  If you do need to prune, do so shortly after the tree blooms and proceed carefully.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 7
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 20'
Avg Mature Width 25'
Spacing 25-30'
Growth Rate Medium
Leaf Color Green
Flower Color White
Flower Time Spring
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Time Fall
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award Yes
Attractive Bark Yes
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies Yes
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils Yes
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native Yes
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

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Scale

Size: B

Size B

This graphic shows the approximate size and form of the Tree you are viewing.

Size B Trees:

8-10' tall when shipped with a strong stem caliper that will not require staking. Fully formed branching. Grown in our #15 tree container.

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Winter King Hawthorn Tree
Winter King Hawthorn Leaf
Winter King Hawthorn Additional Product Shot 119
Winter King Hawthorn Additional Product Shot 578
Winter King Hawthorn Additional Product Shot 496
Winter King Hawthorn Additional Product Shot 797
Winter King Hawthorn Additional Product Shot 495
Winter King Hawthorn Additional Product Shot 1184
Winter King Hawthorn Additional Product Shot 1185
Winter King Hawthorn Additional Product Shot 1186